Archive | Mar 07, 2017

Certain Songs #811: John Cougar Mellencamp – “Rain on the Scarecrow”

Album: Scarecrow
Year: 1985

With the arrangements getting sparser, the guitars getting tougher and producer Don Gehman making ace drummer Kenny Aronoff’s snare ring so bright it became the lead instrument, the only reason I wasn’t going to like 1985’s mega-massive Scarecrow was my previous ambivalence toward his work.

Which I definitely had at first, but got over relatively soon. I mean, after all, Scarecrow was basically a more polished version of the heartland rock that The Long Ryders or Green on Red had drifted into.

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